As the Spring sunshine descends on us, we thought it would be nice to give you our top five outside spaces to enjoy this Easter with the family.
Starting from the Sail Training Centre on the northern side of the water you can enjoy an easy circular walk around the Lake, with it peaceful views and through the woodland of Hawley woods. The walk is around 2 miles long, but the footpaths are overall in well maintained order, this is a relaxing walk for all ages.
Southwood Country Park
Created from the former site of Southwood Golf Course, Southwood Park is made up of two main sections. Southwood Country Park (West), accessed from Kennels Lane, and Southwood Country Park (East) on the other side of Ively Road.
The western area has a wide selection of mature trees and gives a parkland feel, with the additional benefit of a well surfaced path around the whole route.
On the other side of the Ively Road is a second area, Southwood Country Park (East), including what used to be the golf club car park and club house. The overall walks these two sides offer are over 5KM.
Fleet Ponds is a 48.3-hectare (119-acre) nature reserve and has been designated a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest, with varied habitats surrounding it, including heathland, marsh, reedbeds.
This large lake is rich in aquatic flora and fauna and surrounded by woodland. The bird life includes populations of reed warblers and other wetland birds, and offers an enjoyable circular walk around the pond.
Yateley Common country park consists of heathland, woodland and ponds and is considered a site of Special Scientific Interest. As well as exploring the 193 hectares of wildlife and surroundings; the family can enjoy a wide verity of activities including birdwatching, cycling, horse riding and fishing (although some of these are chargeable).
Odiham Castle (Ruins)
The original Castle was constructed in c1207AD and was in regular use until the mid 16th century. Odiham Castle has enjoyed a rich and varied history. Now open to the public, the restoration of the site in 2007 by Hampshire County Council was overseen by English Heritage. The ruins remain an important and beautiful part of our local history.
And the best news is that they are all free to visit, now bring on the sun!
Happy Easter from All at Mitchell & Partners.